Holiday Recycling Tips
Updated: Dec 9, 2020
Did you know that Americans produce more trash during the holidays than any other time of year? Between the wrapping paper, disposable plates and silverware, Christmas trees and cards, cardboard boxes and plastic shopping bags – it's hard to keep track of everything you may dispose of during those busy months. Glittery decor and disposable items may bring joy and convenience, but they also have an impact on the environment. If you're trying to produce less waste and recycle more, here's a few easy ways to be more environmentally friendly this holiday season!
Use eco-friendly wrapping paper. Since most wrapping papers contain dyes, laminations or glitter, they are deemed non-recyclable and will head straight to the landfill. Wrap your presents with newspapers, paper bags – or make the wrapping part of the gift! You can use scarves, blankets or even reusable shopping bags.
Properly dispose of cardboard boxes. There is always an abundance of cardboard boxes during the holidays and it's important to recycle them. If you have a recycling waste bin, make sure to break down the boxes before recycling day. If you don't have a recycling service, call your local recycling center and see where you can drop it off. Other ways to recycle boxes are asking a friend or a local community center if they would be useful to them, or putting them in storage if you think you'll need them later!
Use LED lights for your home. Traditional incandescent and florescent bulbs use a ton of energy to light up your house each night. LEDs are said to be up to 80% more efficient and last 10 times longer than traditional lights. Plus, since they have a better light quality, a little goes a long way! You'll still get that bright and cheerful look at night without the added environmental cost. If you own old lights you would like to recycle, call your county's recycling and waste center to see what they're accepting.
Recycle your tree after the holidays. Call your local recycling centers to see if they accept Christmas trees. Just drop it off and they'll take care of the rest.